Frequently Asked Questions

General Information


What is the story of Thrive?

Pastor Jacob felt called to pastor in Denver when he was in college at Oral Roberts University. After accepting a position in Michigan and youth pastoring there for 10 years, Cornerstone Church sent him to plant Thrive Church. In 2012, 29 people left all that they knew to give their lives for the city of Denver. The first service took place on February 10, 2013. Our heart is to see people thrive with new life in Christ.

How can I contact the church?

Web: thrivechurch.com
Phone: 720.295.3730
Email: info@thrivechurch.com

What denomination is Thrive?

Thrive Church is Non-Denominational.

Is Thrive Church affiliated with other churches or organizations?

Planted by: Cornerstone Church, Pastor Tim Forsthoff, web: cornerstonehighland.com
Partnered with: Resurrection Life Church International (RLCI), web: rlci.org; World Missions Evangelism (WME), web: wmeinc.org
Trained by: Association of Related Churches (ARC), web: arcchurches.com

Can I see the church's finances?

Yes. We produce an annual report on all of the church spending. You can also contact the church if you have further questions.

How do I know I can trust Thrive with my money?

We hold ourselves to the highest standards. In addition to the board approving the budget, we submit ourselves to a voluntary annual audit.

Who keeps Pastor Jacob accountable?

There is a board of overseers, who are outside of the church, that can discipline or remove Pastor Jacob.

Why did you choose the name Thrive?

The heart behind Thrive is to see people thrive in life and in God. We don’t want people to just get by in life, but enjoy the process. We don’t want to see people have mediocre religion, but a life-changing relationship with God. This name clearly reflects our greatest desire for the body of Christ.

Is this Thrive Church associated with the other Thrive Church in Federal Heights, CO?

No. However, when moving to the city, Pastor Jacob contacted Pastor Bo Sosa and asked him his thoughts on us using the same name. Because of our heart to honor, if Pastor Bo was opposed to it, then we would have changed it. He said that Thrive Church is a great name and he would be glad for us to use it as well. We have an amazing relationship with them and are honored to share the name with them.

Do women have a place in ministry?

Absolutely. Women play a vital role in the body of Christ. The most well-known passage used to defend the thought that women can’t be in ministry is found in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, where it talks about women being silent in church. But the Bible also states that women prayed and prophesied in public worship in 1 Corinthians 11:5. In fact, in chapters 12-14, the Bible clearly states that women are given spiritual gifts and they are encouraged to use them in the body of Christ. Paul was clearly addressing a cultural problem, as well as a unity issue of the Corinthian church. Women can add value and participate in our worship services. We believe that the scripture found in 1 Corinthians 14 is best interpreted as we look at the culture in Jesus’ day. “In the Corinthian culture, women were not allowed to confront men in public. Apparently some of the women who had become Christians thought that their Christian freedom gave them the right to question the men in public worship. This was causing division in the church. In addition, women of that day did not receive formal religious education as did the men. Women may have been raising questions in the worship services that could have been answered at home without disrupting the services. Paul was asking the women not to flaunt their Christian freedom during worship. The purpose of Paul’s words was to promote unity, not to teach about women’s roles in the church” (Life Application Study Bible). With this in mind, we believe that God’s gifts and callings are for all people. Every person in the body is uniquely gifted and God wants us to use those gifts to make His name known.

What will happen when I visit for the first time?

If you are visiting, we will not embarrass you, have you stand up, or ask you to give money. We know that many people want to check out the church and “be anonymous” for a while — and that’s fine with us! Come in, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and see if Thrive Church is for you.

What do I wear to attend your services?

Come in what is comfortable for you, because Thrive Church is not about what you look like or what you wear.

How long does the service last?

Thrive Church services last from 60-75 minutes.


Thrive Kids


What is Thrive Kids and how will my kids benefit from this church?

Thrive Kids is the children’s ministry at Thrive. In Thrive Kids, your child will have a lot of fun, be well cared for, and most of all, will learn about Jesus in a relevant way for kids. We offer Thrive Kids during our worship experiences.

Will my kids be safe at Thrive Kids?

Your child’s safety is a top priority of Thrive. We have a computerized check-in system to ensure that only you pick up your child. We perform background checks on all of the Thrive Kids workers. We create controlled, fun environments and promote safe behavior.

What do you teach the kids at Thrive Kids?

We teach them foundational truths of the Bible. We teach concepts like faith in Christ, love and forgiveness. We do this through activities, songs and videos. Our goal is that your child walks away from Thrive Kids having had a great time while learning about Christ in ways that they can understand. We are honored to partner with parents to train their children about the things of God.

What about baby dedication?

Thrive will have baby dedications throughout the year. For more information, contact the church.


Getting Involved


How can I get involved?

The green tent is your one-stop shop to take the next step at Thrive. At the green tent, you can sign up to be apart of Thrive Teams (our volunteer team).

How can I give to the church?

There are three ways you can give:

  • Write a check at one of our services
  • Mail in a check. Our address is PO Box 2080, Parker, CO 80134
  • Online: You can give a one-time gift or a recurring gift on this page


Outreach and Ministry


How much money does Thrive give towards outreach?

Currently Thrive gives 10% of its income to local, national and global outreaches. It is our heart to lead the way in generosity.

Do you perform weddings and funerals?

Thrive Church does weddings and funerals. Contact the church to have one of our ministers serve your family.